Christien Beeuwkes

Christien B.

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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Students can expect to learn the fundamental technique for learning cello or viola da gamba, through listening and playing exercises. My goal is to make lessons and practicing more like playing, and less like having to do something difficult. We'll find the right book to work from, and go from there! I will especially appreciate students who are genuinely interested and motivated and can set aside a bit of time each day to practice.

About Christien B.

Hi! I have a degree in Early Music Voice from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and have studied voice with private teachers intermittently over the past two decades.

I also have a Master's in Cello Performance, and can teach cello at the beginner to upper intermediate level. My experience in teaching is with modern (standard) cello, but I can also teach the basics of baroque cello (with gut strings and a baroque bow). Gut strings can be finicky, but their sound is warm and expressive. If you are interested to know more, just drop me a note! Another instrument I can teach is the Viola da Gamba, a very interesting early 6- or 7-string instrument with gut strings. (That's the instrument I'm holding in my profile picture!)
Aside from music, I have taught English as a Foreign and Second Language (in Bulgaria with Peace Corps, in New Mexico with Berlitz, at the U. of New Mexico). I would be very pleased to help students of any age with reading, listening comprehension, and writing.


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8 Reviews
Chingwen Chan
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Christine is very patience and friendly. I really enjoy the lesson.

Posted Mar 6, 2018
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Collins had his first cello lesson with Christien today. He love it! Christien is super patient and very very professional. She corrected Collins' posture and the way to hold the bow. Christine gave very clear instruction, and made the lesson lot of fun.

Posted Jun 26, 2017
Itai R.
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Christien is a wonderful teacher! She is patient, caring, interesting and generally great with kids. It was pleasure to have her as our 8 y/o daughter's first cello teacher.
Thank you!

Posted Sep 1, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christien is a fantastic instructor!

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

She is excellent, my daughter loves her lessons. I have noticed a lot of improvement. Highly recommended.

Posted Apr 7, 2016
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

She is excellent, my daughter loves her lessons. I have noticed a lot of improvement. Highly recommended.

Posted Apr 7, 2016
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Christien has been amazing! We absolutely made the right choice with TakeLessons and Christien!

Posted Nov 23, 2015
Profile-location-home Student's Home

The lesson with Christien was terrific! She had a great rapport with my 6 year old, and she was patient. She also focused on key things my daughter should work on with her technique at this point, and she also offered lots of ideas.

Posted Aug 23, 2015


After school cello teacher
Mar 2016 - Jun 2018

Waltham Public Schools

I taught cello to students in the Waltham Public Schools, in Waltham, Ma.


Graduate Performance Diploma in Early Music (Voice)
Sep 2012 - May 2015

Longy School of Music of Bard College



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